A massive earthquake strikes Haiti (2010)

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Friday, 12 January 2018

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On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 strikes Haiti. The earthquake cost the lives of more than 200.000 people and was the strongest quake in that region since the eighteenth century.

Aftershocks Before the earthquake, Haiti was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, where 80 percent of its inhabitants lived in poverty. Political corruption was dominant and many people in Haiti had to deal with violence, disease and limited access to education. The earthquake hit Haiti at 4:53 PM local time and after the initial shock that cost most lives, two aftershocks with a magnitude of 5.9 and 5.5 followed. The capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince suffered from the most damage. Countless houses were destroyed, hospitals collapsed, and churches were unreachable because of all the debris.

Help needed
The news of the devastating earthquake quickly spread across the world and a massive international relief operation was launched. The United States sent thousands of military troops to deliver food, water and other supplies and helped the country in their search and rescue of survivors. Countries and organizations all over the world donated billions of dollars to help Haiti rebuild their country. However, it took years to rebuild most of the houses and until then, more than 850.000 homeless people had to live in tents.

360 trivial fact
Seven years after the earthquake there are still 55.000 people living in camps because the rebuilding of houses and other facilities still hasn’t finished.



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